10 Reasons to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan

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A disaster recovery plan is your insurance against serious cyber-attacks, natural disasters, power outages and the like. A range of policies, tools, technologies and procedures can make up an effective disaster recovery plan. The end goal is always to get your business operating as normal in as short a time as possible.

  1. Over half of companies have experienced significant downtime
    • 54% of businesses have has prolonged operational downtime as a result of IT related disasters. ‘Significant’ is defined as at least one working day and the data pool spanned 5 years (Source – DataCore)
  2. 28% of businesses have experienced data loss in the last 12 months
    • Data loss is a major cause of downtime. Whether data loss is due to something as innocent as user error or due to something more sinister, like ransomware encryption= data loss is a real risk. (Source – DataCore).
  3. A third of companies have been infected by malware
    • Malware infections range widely in terms of actual damage caused. Often Malware infiltration can be relatively minor. Particularly if detected and neutralised early. However, these kinds of attacks can be incredibly damaging and are extremely common- with 1 in 3 organizations having been infected in the last 5 years. (Source – DataCore)
  4. 20% of businesses infected in ransomware in the last 12 months
    • Ransomware has become much more effective in recent years. Powerful ransomware spreads across a network and can ultimately incapacitate entire servers. Shockingly, 1 In 5 companies have been affected of those surveys. (Source – Datto)
  5. 60% of backups are incomplete
    • This sounds unbelievable, but according to Avast, 6 out of 10 backups are incomplete. This is often due to outdated backup technology that has ot grown with the business. (Source – Avast)
  6. 43% of businesses that experience major data loss go out of business
    • That’s if they don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. This is according to Avast to a research carried out by Avast. (Source – Avast)
  7. 96% of companies recover fully if they have a disaster recovery plan in place
    • Disaster recovery is effective 96% of the time. If your plan is thorough and practical, it is your best defence against attackers and other risks to your network.
  8. Malware is involved with 28% of breaches
    • Malware is becoming more sophisticated all the time. The bigger your network, the greater the opportunity that attackers have to infect your network. Malware is responsible for nearly a third of all breaches. (Source – Verizon)
  9. 22% of downtime caused by human error
    • Human error is a big deal when it comes to IT security. System users are often targeted by attackers. Data loss can also come from simply inadvertently deleting files or device mismanagement. (Source – Seagate)
  10. On average, ransomware causes 16.2 days of downtime
    • Ransomware is a type of malware that infects a computer system and encrypts files. The aim of a ransomware attack is to make the individual or organisation pay a ransom to regain access to their files. According to a 2019 study, an attack of this nature results in an average of 16.2 days of downtime. This number has gone up as attackers have targeted larger organisations with more complex networks and systems. (Source – Coveware)

Preventative measures are essential to protect your business data. Backups are a vital part of this. Sending your data to secure off-site locations are an essential part of any disaster recovery plan.